Atomic Blonde (2017)

I was hitting the theatres pretty hard shortly before this one came out, so I did see the trailer for it a number of times. The trailer’s usage of 80’s pop was intriguing to someone like me, and Charlize Theron and James McAvoy being badass and/or ridiculous also seemed like something worth taking the time […]

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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

I’m rather certain my friend Brain strongly encouraged me to pick this one up, and so I did, almost ten years ago. During my ‘dry period’ of movie watching, I never did get around to it, despite a trustworthy recommendation (and the presences of one James Stewart). My sudden return, brought on by what I […]

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The assumption everyone around me made–we saw this as a team, my workplace¹–was that I hated this movie. While the direction was firmly accurate, the degree is actually not. For simplicity’s sake, I encouraged this interpretation. The reality is, within the first few moments, seeing a sense of humour to Thanos, I was somewhat hopeful […]

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Arrival (2016)

The notion of a film about communicating with aliens–though we’ve at least had Contact–intrigued me distinctly. The idea came through in the trailers for certain, and I considered watching it theatrically a number of times, but felt that, as large a movie as it was, the spark of the unusual wasn’t strong enough to pull me […]

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Ali [Director’s Cut] (2001)

Probably the simplest first point to make is this: I never saw the theatrical cut of Ali. It is my habit, though, to acknowledge the cut of the film I watch if it is something other than the one most would (presumably) have seen, as I think it’s important and relevant to address the actual and specific […]

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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

It’s like riding a bicycle apparently,¹ though not very complicated to be sure. The weekend was ending, and I’d managed to corral my other interests (comics, primarily!), only to find myself with a mere hour or so before I’d intended on crawling into bed for the upcoming work week. My original plan (Melville’s L’armée des ombres) […]

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Atlantic City (1980)

Defiance of expectation. I’d say that’s the basis of appreciation of a piece of art, but there’s too much to be found in satisfaction of expectation. Still, it’s the basis for a kind of appreciation, naturally the more surprising variety, or at least unexpected. All of us go in to movies or music with the […]

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An Education (2009)

I had two free passes to the local arthouse styled theatre that were running out Monday, so I decided to go see whatever the heck was showing. One film was House of the Devil, a throwback horror film that I truly loved, the other was a film that I thought sounded like the kind I […]

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